Houston regained the lead in the third quarter but couldn’t keep pace with the Jazz in the fourth as the Rockets’ normally potent offense went cold. James Harden had 32 points and 11 assists, and Chris Paul added 23 points.
Houston was down by only a single point entering the fourth quarter but Utah scored eight straight points on 3-pointers from Dante Exum and Jae Crowder before Mitchell capped it with a nifty one-handed follow dunk to make the score 100-94.
Mitchell missed a jumper and sailed above three Rockets to grab the rebound and slam it down with one hand.
“My teammates, they keep telling me to shoot the ball,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t shoot the ball well tonight. I had a few turnovers, had a few bad decisions, but they still believed in me to make plays.”
Harden made a basket after that before Utah scored another eight straight points, with two 3-pointers from Ingles, to make the score 108-96 with four and a half minutes left.
Harden ended a Houston scoring drought with a 3-pointer about a minute later that was the start of a 9-3 run that got the Rockets within 111-105 with 1 minute 46 seconds left. But Rudy Gobert made one of two free throws before Exum put it out of reach with a dunk.
Utah led by 9 before Houston used a 16-5 run to go up, 71-69, for its first lead since early in the game. The Jazz went back up, 86-85, by the end of the period.